Defining Your Goal Tracking System For The New Year
A brand new year is upon us, how exciting! Full of promise for what is to come in the next twelve months, I bet you are starting to think about your goals for this year. What you want to achieve in your life, what you want to achieve in your business, and how you want to feel by the end of the year.
Choosing the right goal is the first step to success. But that is simply the beginning of the journey. The real key to achieving your goal lies in the system you use to track it. I love the feel of physically checking off milestones and journaling about my goals. So for that reason, I am going to recommend my favourite analogue systems for goal tracking. Let’s dive in!
Setting An Achievable Goal
Alright, before we talk about the goal tracking system, you need to have a goal. And it can’t just be any old goal. You can’t say, ‘I want to make this next year the best one of my life’. While that is a great declaration, how are you going to make it happen?
Here is what I recommend you consider when setting your goals…
Make It Specific: Many goals fail because they are not specific enough. Saying you want to lose weight is great, but it could mean anywhere between 100g and 20kg. Let’s face it, with a whole year’s progress, you aren’t going to be happy with a total loss of 100g! That is why you need to put some specifics around your goal.
Put A Time Limit On It: Give yourself a set period of time to achieve your goal in. A year is a really good timeframe as you have a decent amount of time to make progress, but no time to waste.
Be Realistic: Your goal should be a little bit scary to achieve so that it pushes you to succeed. But it shouldn’t be so grand that you have no chance of succeeding and you give up part way through the journey. Set a realistic goal that pushes you outside of your comfort zone a little bit.
Make It Trackable: When you have decided on your goal it is time to break it down into manageable steps. By completing each small parts, you are making progress towards your end goal. You will be able to see if you are on track, falling behind, or are ahead of the game, and adjust your actions accordingly.
Your Goal Tracking System
Alright, so you have your goal and you have your bite sized chunks to achieve each month. Now you need to keep yourself on task with a goal tracking system. Here are some that I love and recommend…
The Traveler’s Notebook
The Traveler’s Notebook is great for is flexibility. You can use it any way that you like. It can be a planner, a journal, a sketchbook, or all of those things. They come in a regular size which is great for really getting into your writing, or passport size which is perfect to take everywhere with you. The cover is made of durable leather, so not only does it protect your contents, but it ages beautifully to remind you of your life’s adventures.
Choose a ready made version that is filled with a diary insert where you can write each milestone and tick it off as you complete it. (You can find Regular Pack here and Passport Pack here.) Or, you can assemble your own version by purchasing a Starter pack and a number of different inserts. Choose from dated diaries with monthly or weekly options, memo sections, or plenty of blank pages to fill with your thoughts.
The Bullet Journal
There is a reason that the bullet journal is a growing phenomenon. Every year it gets more popular as more people realise it is a fantastic way to track their goals and keep their life organised. A bullet journal is quite literally a blank canvas that you fill. Write, doodle, diarise, plan, draw, colour, add inspirational quotes, decorate with washi tape, or whatever you desire.
There are no dates so it doesn’t matter if you skip a day. You also don’t have to have everything in the right order to start with as you keep your own index. The bullet journal is an organised brain dump and an accurate picture of your daily life. Such a great way to track your goals as you can revisit them daily, weekly, or monthly.
Some of our favourite bullet journals are…
Using a gratitude journal can be a great asset to your goal tracking. Practising gratitude is life changing in many areas. It helps to remove the negative roadblocks that are holding you back from achieving your goals. Daily gratitude allows you to check in on your progress every single day. It is a great way to keep yourself on target.
There isn’t going to be much goal tracking done in your analogue system if you don’t have a pen! You don’t have to settle for a free pen from the bank to write your annual ambitions. Treating yourself to a good quality writing instrument is going to encourage you to stick to your goal tracking. Sticking to your goal tracking allows for constant progress on your goal, and gives you the best chance at making it a reality.
Did you know that around 95% of goals never get realised? People have the best intentions when they set them. But then life gets in the way and another year passes without a change. Make this year the year that you will succeed. Get those goals set and get your tracking system in place. Let’s smash those goals out together!